Packing fragile items can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of moving. It’s natural to be concerned about these items breaking or getting damaged in any way during transport. A lot goes on during a move, so it’s important to take extra care of your fragile items to make sure they are safe and secure.
It all starts with how you pack them. Extra care should be taken when it comes to the tools and techniques you use. It is completely possible to move the most fragile of items without any damage or incident, as long as you put in the effort and attention in packing them correctly.
Here are 12 must-do packing tips for fragile items to keep them safe:
Fragile Items Packing Tips
1. Use smaller boxes for heavy and fragile items. They are easier to handle and less likely to allow items to shift around inside of them when moving.
2. Never use flimsy boxes. The thicker and sturdier the box, the better. If it has any give whatsoever before you even put anything in it, don’t use it.
3. Secure the bottom of the box with extra layers of tape. Two or three layers will help support the box better and keep it from bowing under the weight.
4. Layer the bottom of the box with a soft packing material
You can use packing paper, bubble wrap, foam, styrofoam peanuts, or even towels to cushion the bottom of the box. Then, once everything is packed, fill in the empty spaces.
5. Pack the heaviest items on the bottom. Layer all of the items from largest to smallest so the base of the box is well-supported and smaller items won’t get crushed.
6. Use dividers for glasses and stemware. You can purchase cardboard dividers for boxes or even special boxes for stemware that already come with dividers to keep each item from shifting and colliding with other pieces.
7. Fill hollow items with packing paper
Glasses, jars, and anything else with hollow space should be filled with packing paper to help soften vibrations.
8. Wrap each individual piece. Everything from glasses and plates to fragile decorative items should be individually wrapped based on the size, shape, and material. Remove any loose pieces, like lids, and wrap those separately. The most delicate items, such as china, should be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with tape. Also, separate these items into smaller boxes on their own rather than stacking them with too many other items.
9. Use plenty of tape. Secure fragile items in packing paper or bubble wrap with a generous amount of tape to keep the wrapping intact and the items from shifting underneath it during travel. The tape will give the items much more support.
10. Clearly label fragile items. Each box that contains fragile items should be very clearly labeled as such. Place them in a separate area and instruct movers that they should be handled with care, so they will know to be extra careful with those boxes and pack them in the truck accordingly.
11. Take your time
When packing up your home, it’s easy to want to rush to get it all done, but when packing fragile items, it is especially important to take your time and be very aware of what you are doing. Slowing down will keep you from cutting corners or making mistakes that will cost you on moving day.
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